The mobile phones have now become an integral part of our lifestyle for many reasons and you really won’t able to achieve most of the tasks.
When you are living in a remote, rural area also means having limited cell phone signal. And dropping calls, unable to use the internet, and at best, having spotty service isn't quite the ultimate convenience you're hoping for.
And let's not forget about emergencies, too. Being able to connect becomes the only thing that matters then.
One in seven people across the world has no access to phone service due to remote locations where big telecom companies face difficult to reach.
Image credit: Qwickfone
It impacts health, wealth, education and demographic rights, resulting in persistent poverty, especially for women.
Christopher Godfrey, an executive director of the UK based start-up ‘Qwickfone’ has developed a low-cost technology that forms a local network to connect anywhere to the world via satellite or long distance Wi-Fi!
Christopher has experience in various fields from consumer products to entertainment projects and industrial processes from the late 1970’s onward.
His latest innovative device’s crowd-funding campaign is currently live at Indiegogo to help in changing the innumerable lives for the better forever.
The Qwickfone is a fully integrated hardware and software system which can bring a cell-phone to any remote village or town that is not connected to the communications grid.
It requires no expensive towers, no wires, and no complicated technology – just it needs a base station, an antenna and a single uplink.
How Does Qwickfone Technology Work?
According to the company, the network is composed of individual devices communicating with each other. The Qwickfone base station (QBS) is the local area network (LAN) that receives the signals from a device such as a cell-phone.
When someone makes a call it relays to the nearest QBS. This checks to see if the recipient of the call is within its network range, if it is, then it connects the callers together.
If the caller is not within range, it sends a signal to other QBS to see if they can find the intended recipient. When the recipient is found, the call gets routed through to that QBS to complete the call. (If there are two QBS within range of the recipient, then the one with the stronger signal gets the call).
It’s a wireless ad-hoc network in a mesh configuration called WANET which allows for failure if one QBS should fail in the system, then the whole network is not shut down, the call just carries on to the next QBS and will do so until the problem is fixed.
The network is independent of the local electrical grid and requires 6 – 12 volts to operate. Recharging can be done by solar panels, micro-hydro or even hand crank generators. The software operating the network is open source, inexpensive, tested and reliable.
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